Ready to raise the curtain at Walsh Bay
The Walsh Bay Arts Precinct is almost complete and was opened today for a sneak peek of what will soon be a hub for Sydney’s performing arts and culture.
Minister for the Arts Don Harwin visited Pier 2/3 at Walsh Bay to inspect progress at the precinct.
“It is amazing to see the progress here at Pier 2/3, which will soon be home to the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Bell Shakespeare, and Australian Theatre for Young People,” Mr Harwin said.
“The team is now completing the final touches on the building and fine-tuning the performance and rehearsal spaces before the resident companies move in and start rehearsals in their new studios in early 2022. I can’t wait to be part of a standing ovation when performances begin.”
Grant D’arcy, General Manager Major Projects & Sydney, Richard Crookes Constructions, said the redevelopment of Walsh Bay Arts Precinct is a pivotal project for Sydney, creating a public arts and cultural hub right on the city’s famous waterfront.
“Last year we completed Wharf 4/5, which is now home to Bangarra Dance Theatre, Sydney Dance Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Gondwana Choirs, and The Song Company, and includes brand new theatres, rehearsal spaces, and studios,” Mr D’arcy said.
“The redevelopment of these wharves has been a challenge but Pier 2/3 was carefully protected during construction and a lot of work went into repairing and preserving the heritage-listed buildings to preserve their iconic status and the intricate network of supporting piers.
“We are proud to be involved in the project and to work with the NSW Government to bring Walsh Bay Arts Precinct to life.”
Once complete, the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct will be established as a premier arts destination, enhancing Sydney’s reputation as an innovative global player in arts and cultural tourism.